Mr. Coughlin comes to Pensacola International Airport after a 29 year career in the United States Navy as an aviator and commanding officer. He was Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s base commanding officer from 2011 to 2014. Mr. Coughlin worked as the Assistant Director-Operations at Pensacola International Airport from 2014-2017 before working as the Assistant County Administrator for Escambia County. In 2019, Mr. Coughlin returned to the airport as the Deputy Airport Director and became Airport Director in June of 2020 after the retirement of the previous Director.
Byron Burkhart, CM, ACE
Assistant Airport Director - Operations
Byron Burkhart graduated from Broward College with an Associate of Science degree in Airport Operations Management. He continued his education at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University earning a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Aeronautics and a minor in Public Safety & Business. Before joining the team at Pensacola International Airport in 2018, Mr. Burkhart worked over 12 years with Broward County Aviation Department as Airport Operations Supervisor and SMS Administrator and 4 years as Sr. Manager Airside and Safety at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. As Assistant Airport Director – Operations at PNS, Mr. Burkhart oversees several departments including security, maintenance, airfield, airline operations, among others.